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    Worth tailoring?



    About 6 months ago I found a shirt on sale (<$30) with a fabric and color that I really liked. I wore it for a wedding with a suit so I didn't really realize until later that the shirt was not fitted well at all. It looks like a regular fit shirt that is slightly large for me, and I am looking for a slim/athletic fit. I am guessing it would run me $40 to $50 to get it to how I want. Is it worth taking it to the tailor to get that perfect fit? Does anyone have experiences taking regular fit shirts to a tailor?


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    I've done it many times. Slimming a shirt down is a pretty basic operation. Make sure that the sleeves are slimmed down, too. When the tailor pins it, make sure the shirt doesn't lose its proper shape, and that the sleeve head (where the sleeve attaches to the torso of the shirt) doesn't sit on an odd place on your shoulder.


    If the cuff has to be detached, make sure that when the tailor attaches it back, the stitching is done where it was on the cuff before. Otherwise, a trail of tiny pin holes will go the circumference of the cuff where it was attached before.

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      BYC - I've struggled with the same question. I have 50+ dress shirts in my closet but only half fit me well. Rather than spending another $30-? on an ill fitting shirt, I've decided to reinvest in the ones I already have. It could be a sizable investment depending on the number of shirts, but well worth it in my opinion.

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        OP - go for it. Assuming your tailor is competent, you'll be very happy with the end results. Tailoring costs about the same as a new shirt on sale, so why not "fine tune" stuff you already like instead of buying another shirt that could be equally ill fitting?

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